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@JonNik: Missionforce: Cyberstorm had wonderful music, too.

To be Honest never heard of the game, but I'll try to find the soundtrack...
I am always on the lookout for stuff like that. All suggestions welcome...

This and "Mandylion" by The Gathering, both highly praised cds in the metal community that I just cannot for some reason like. At all.

Total waste of money

Now calling "Mandylion" A total waste of money is a bit Heavy. I personally like
The Gathering a lot generally speaking . Perhaps you consider the Album's
compositions a bit on the "overstuffed" side (they do tend to drag on a bit) ?
Sort of like most stuff from Dream Theater ;)
 
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Cyberstorm was a turn-based small-unit tactics game in the Earthsiege universe - quite brilliant, actually, too bad the successor was a real stinker (so difficult it was unplayable, and the atmosphere of part 1 was completely gone). It came with two CDs so you could play against a friend if you felt like it, those CDs had three quite atmospheric tracks. I still chuck it into the CD player when GMing the occasional RPG.

Other older games with nice to great soundtracks were Mechwarrior 2 and The Dig - I especially love the latter (by Michael Lands). Oh right, and Tommy Tallarico's MDK soundtrack is great, but I had to buy it seperately.
 
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Other older games with nice to great soundtracks were Mechwarrior 2 and The Dig - I especially love the latter (by Michael Lands). Oh right, and Tommy Tallarico's MDK soundtrack is great, but I had to buy it seperately.

I am trying to get my hands on The Dig for quite some time now.
Now it seems I have one more reason to.
 
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Moonlight party - Forrenzelli

trance/dance like mix of great tunes. This song is awesome.
 
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Thanks to Mike, who pointed at the Vampire: Bloodlines Soundtrack, I've been listening to these haunting pieces ever since yesterday :)
Great stuff and brings back fond memories.

EDIT: Np. "Vesuvius" -- great guitar effect, and OMG, the beautiful fellow vampiress who dwelt there :)
 
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I had most of it pulled from the game directory, but the levels and quality were uneven, so I eventually settled on ~9 tracks. Getting the remixed and balanced versions was great, and I immediately started playing again!

Now playing: Cake - Fashion Nugget (recommended by someone when I mentioned the new 'Weird Al' CD)

I do listen to pop stuff on rare occasion ;)
 
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Lots of Pacifica dub at the moment (i am from Aotearoa after all):

Cornerstone Roots
Fat Freddy's Drop
Salmonella Dub

Also a really great reggae/dub album by Tommy in the Neighbourhood, a local favourite in my adopted hometown, Melbourne.

Added to that, a variety of indy rock:

Death Cab for Cutie
Sigur Ros
Jacob

The list goes on...
 
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Tristania - World of Glass

Now calling "Mandylion" A total waste of money is a bit Heavy. I personally like
The Gathering a lot generally speaking . Perhaps you consider the Album's
compositions a bit on the "overstuffed" side (they do tend to drag on a bit) ?
Sort of like most stuff from Dream Theater ;)

My problem with Mandylion is first and foremost the vocals, she's so utterly unremarkable in my opinion. I'm more into Vibeke Stene, or Floor Janssen-type singers with some style, I just dont get any emotion or subtle flourishes from The Gathering's female vocals. To me she sounds like she's singing a soap commercial or something, it just strikes zero chords with me. She bores me to death.

I'll admit the first couple tracks on Mandylion arent that bad, but they arent that good either. There's some nice doomy gloomy hooks here and there in the cd as well, but in the end it just isnt anything that i find myself thinking about later, or wake up in the morning and just have to hear on the way to work. Overstuffed and drawn out are not a problem in my opinion, I actually love twenty minute long songs, the problem with their material is that it just seems so uninteresting to me personally.
I can get into a long song if it holds my interest, which The Gathering for some reason simply do not.
 
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Top 5 on my Itunes most played -

Rain - Tones on Tail
Darkest Dreaming - David Sylvian
Second Skin - The Chameleons
Bi -Pet - Lali Puna
Evil - Interpol
 
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Now playing: The Way Up by Pat Metheny Group

IMO the best composition of 2005 ... and one of the best bits of modern music.
 
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Top 5 on my Itunes most played -

Rain - Tones on Tail
Darkest Dreaming - David Sylvian
Second Skin - The Chameleons
Bi -Pet - Lali Puna
Evil - Interpol
Slowdive in one thread and the Chams in another. I'm impressed.

Sorry, no link could I find for this one:
"Trip Seat" by Thee Heavenly Music Association
 
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Now playing: Michael Jackson - Rock with you ('Off the Wall' actually was the first and last MJ album I really liked).
 
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Now Playing: Lia - Tori no Uta
OP song for the AIR anime / comic / game series
 
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Blind Guardian - Battalions of Fear

Blind Guardian's first cd from 1987. Have been wanting to check out more of this group, but this was the only one they had in stock at the local metal specialists. So I guess Im taking it from the very beginning, but so far it aint bad, and suprisingly not very bad production on it either.

With songs like "By the Gates of Moria" and "Gandalf's Rebirth", I have a feeling I'm going to grow to like this one!
 
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I can get into a long song if it holds my interest, which The Gathering for some reason simply do not.

Well All opinions respected of course (it goes without saying naturally, especially
in such a diverse and emotionally involving artform as music).

But 20 minute long songs :) Got anything specific on your mind ?
 
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But 20 minute long songs :) Got anything specific on your mind ?

Miles Davis stuff starting at Bitches Brew and going through the 70's (up to 45 minute songs) I have always loved. Keith Jarrett's extended pieces. And the aforementioned Pat Metheny Group 'The Way Up' (68 minutes in three segments)
 
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Miles Davis stuff starting at Bitches Brew and going through the 70's (up to 45 minute songs) I have always loved. Keith Jarrett's extended pieces. And the aforementioned Pat Metheny Group 'The Way Up' (68 minutes in three segments)

Heh, that explains why my mind didnt go anywhere. I respect all the artistry and
performing excellence that goes into jazz improvisation but cannot really say I follow
it (though I am a sucker for Blues).
 
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There's a lot of 15+ minute songs in the spacerock genre. Shoegazers and dreampop bands also can extend themes out that long from time to time although most of those seem to end up 12-13 minutes long for some reason.

"Running up that Hill" by Thee Heavenly Music Association
(can ya tell I got a new cd recently?;) )
 
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Venom: Warhead. It's a very long song, too :).
 
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